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Chapter 32. Working with the Speech and ... > Why Bother with Speech and Handwriti...

Why Bother with Speech and Handwriting?

For the vast majority of the time, you will work with FrontPage's standard user interface—the menus, toolbars, icons, and key commands. But FrontPage 2002, like all the applications in Office XP, offers two additional interfaces: speech and handwriting recognition. Neither of these is ready to take over the world as yet, but they are surprisingly useful additions to the Office applications. You will find them useful at times when you are creating text that you want to sound like the spoken language of the people who actually composed it, or, in the case of handwriting, capturing illustrations the design team made on their way to producing the final site (the good old "famous design on the napkin" thing—which, incidentally, is how TCP/IP was designed).

Of course, there are much more important reasons for using the speech interface. One of those reasons is physical disability, and that includes such rarely noted but very real disabilities as carpal tunnel syndrome. For some people, typing is agony. For others, using a mouse causes excruciating pain all up and down the arm. For still others, positions used for typing cause back and leg pain to the degree that getting anything actually accomplished is almost impossible. For these people, and for many others with various kinds of ailments, controlling FrontPage by speaking to it, instead of by typing or working with the mouse, could very well be a dream come true.


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